For students and professionals who are looking for more control of sound, the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb clarinet mouthpiece gives you exactly that.
I have known Vandoren company for a while now and have tested several of their mouthpieces for clarinets. The company was incepted in 1905 and has perfected the art of producing quality mouthpieces according to the ones I have played. There is one mouthpiece that has won my heart and that is Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb clarinet mouthpiece. The first time I played this mouthpiece was in a music shop where you can browse and test music instruments. This mouthpiece was so good that I bought one immediately. In this article I will tell you all about the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb clarinet mouthpiece. Read to the end to see my verdict on this mouthpiece
Brief Overview of the product
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is made of ebonite material which makes it the best material for the tones intended to be played using this mouthpiece. When I use it, the material feels solid and smooth to the touch. Ideally, it was made for the American market and for players that play the A440 pitch. I found out that the medium beak that makes it easier to play as you don’t need a lot of wind pressure to produce a sound. It has a wider opening than previous models which I loved as it allows more airflow into the barrel.
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece has a traditional make that makes me feel like I was playing using a time piece. It is compatible with many reeds but recommend reeds are also from Vandoren. The cork is a good quality that fits in very many clarinets including the old types of clarinets.
What we liked
- Easy to play
- Improves the sound quality
- Very good quality
- Slightly more open than previous models.
What we didn’t like
- No ligature is included after purchase.
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece Specifications
|Type||5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece|
|Price||check price here|
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece Features
Design and build
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece has been made of fine ebonite material that makes it sturdy and rigid. It simply won’t be destroyed by a fall like many other mouthpieces. Ebonite also helps in tone processing making this mouthpiece produce very profound melodies. The medium length of the face makes the mouthpiece very easy to play especially for students who are advancing their method of play.
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is made to suit the American style of play and for clarinetists who play A440 pitch. This makes the mouthpiece to be popular with concert professional players. It offers maximum tone control and has been developed for easy play and adaptation to the clarinetists’ way of playing. When the mouthpiece is matched with a perfect reed, it produces some very clear and soft notes. The angle of the table gives this mouthpiece a traditional look and will also fit the traditional clarinets.
With its 1.09mm opening, the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece allows more airflow into the barrel. More airflow means more sound and the ease of playing the instrument as you don’t struggle with putting more pressure. This makes your chin muscles relax and with a good broken into reed, you will be making tones without a strain.
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece has been made to fit into many brands of clarinets. The mouthpiece is fitted with a very good cork that gives a very tight fit with no air leakages and the size of it fits well in all major clarinet brands. This has made the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece to become one of the most loved mouthpieces in the concert method of play.
Who is it best suited for?
Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is best suited for students or professionals who want to improve their skills and also who want to gain more control of the notes played.
Are there any alternatives to the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece?
Yes, there are several alternatives. You can find mouthpieces that play almost the same as the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece and almost the same specifications find Vandoren M13 Lyre profile 88 Bb clarinet mouthpiece and D’Addario clarinet Bb mouthpiece plays the same A440 pitch and are very suitable to play the same in the same settings as Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece. Both mouthpieces are suitable for Bb clarinets and made for American-style play.
Features of Alternative mouthpieces
|Type||M13 Lyre profile 88 Bb||Bb clarinet|
|Tip opening||102 1/100mm||100 1/100mm|
|Facing length||Medium long||Medium|
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Verdict: So is the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece good?
Yes, the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is good. It has a quality build and looks exquisite. The finishing on the ebonite is quite good and flawless. The mouthpiece also produces a very soothing sound with great intonation. We would recommend you get yourself one.
Q. Is Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece a good buy?
A. Yes, Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is a good buy. With its long life due to its quality build, this mouthpiece will give you value for your money.
Q. Is Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece suitable for beginners?
A. Yes, the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece is suitable for beginners and students easily adapt to it as it is very easy to master this mouthpiece. It is recommended for learners who want to improve their skills and advance in their careers as clarinetists.
Q. Does Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece fit in Yamaha’s clarinets?
A. Yes, the Vandoren 5RV Lyre Bb Clarinet mouthpiece will fit in most Yamaha clarinets although you may need to adjust the cork to fit the mouthpiece tightly in some of the clarinets.